Political and other forms of corruption in the attribution of public procurement contracts and allocation of EU funds, June 2013

photoMike Beke (Blomeyer & Sanz) and Francisco Cardona (governance expert, former OECD) presented in the European Parliament the interim conclusions from the study “Political and other forms of corruption in the attribution of public procurement contracts and allocation of EU funds”. The study conducted by Blomeyer & Sanz is commissioned by the Parliamentary Committee on Budgetary Affairs on behalf of the Special Committee on Organised Crime, Corruption and Money Laundering. The draft report analyses the role of public procurement as a main mechanism for the functioning of the EU internal market. Weaknesses in the procurement process increase the risk for corruption which undermines one of the main raisons d’être of the Union, namely the free movement of goods and services. EU public procurement directives are aimed at promoting competition, internally and cross-border, as a means to develop the internal market. The study therefore recommends that criminal policy on the EU level should be harmonised. After all, the logic of enforcement of the internal market is broken if there is no harmonisation on public procurement enforcement through penal means. The final report will be published by the end of July 2013.

The presentation can be found here. The interim report here.
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